Toledo man charged with animal cruelty after throwing fireworks at dog

TOLEDO (WTVG) - A Toledo man is facing charges of animal cruelty after police say he threw fireworks at a dog on Saturday. It happened at an apartment complex on North Erie Street and Sandusky.

The suspect, though, told 13abc that the entire thing was a misunderstanding. Caleb Barnes-Williams says he was on the balcony lighting firecrackers and throwing them from the third floor.

"First they pop and the dog starts shouting," said Barnes-Williams. "Then I throw some more and the dog starts chasing them, so I just kept throwing them and it looked like he was having fun -- a good time."

According to court documents, the fireworks were exploding on, around, and underneath the dog. Family members claim the dog has been running loose for months. Lucas County Canine Care and Control says the dog was not hurt.

Caleb is now facing animal cruelty charges and charges of illegally setting off fireworks, though he claims he never meant to hurt the animal.

He appeared in court on Monday and was released on an OR bond. He is due back in court at the end of the month.